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Imee: U.S. Dapat Lang Magbayad ng Patas sa Paggamit sa PH Military Bases

February 24, 2021

  Idinepensa ni Senador Imee Marcos ang paninindigan ni Pangulong Duterte na karapat-dapat lang magbayad ng patas ng U.S. sa Pilipinas dahil sa delikadong papel nito sa pagbibigay ng unang depensa sa Amerika sa Indo-Pacific region.  “Hindi lang nabibigyan ng Pilipinas ang American forces ng unang depensa sa Indo-Pacific region kundi pati paggamit nila sa tubig at kuryente sa ating mga military bases ay binabayaran din natin,” ani Marcos. “Napakaraming Pilipino ang hindi kayang magbayad sa tubig at kuryente ngayong may pandemya. Itutuloy pa rin ba ang subsidiya sa mga Amerikano? Tanong ni Marcos, sabay banggit sa U.S. military benefits na nakasaad sa Article 7 ng Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Isinulong muli ni Marcos ang pagsuri sa EDCA dahil napapaikutan ng Amerika ang prohibisyon sa ating Konstitusyon sa mga foreign military bases sa bansa. Dagdag ni Marcos, ang dating bayad sa ating gobyerno bago mapaalis ang mga U.S. bases halos tatlong dekada nang nakaraan ay naiiwasan din ng Amerika.     “Kahit ang mga superpower nangangailangan din ng mga kaibigan, at ang bagong pagtingin ng Amerika sa Asia-Pacific ay nagpapatibay sa malaking ginagampanan ng ating rehiyon at ng Pilipinas,” ani ni Marcos, bilang sagot sa batikos kay Presidente Duterte na ang paghingi ng patas na bayad ay pangingikil. Sumang-ayon ang senadora sa Presidente na ang $3.9 bilyon na ibinabayad ng Amerika sa Pilipinas noong 2001 hanggang 2017 ay napakaliit kumpara sa $16 bilyon na ibinabayad sa Pakistan. “Natatakot ang Amerika na kapag bumagsak ang gobyerno ng Pakistan, ang 150 nuclear warheads nito ay magagamit ng Taliban laban sa Amerika,” ani Marcos. “Kung wala ang Pilipinas, ang kalakal ng Amerika pati na ang mga pangako nito sa seguridad ng rehiyon ay hihina. Ngunit dahil sa pagtanggap natin sa U.S. forces, magiging target naman ang Pilipinas ng mga kalaban ng Amerika, kahit hindi tayo direktang kasali sa anumang gyera na maaring pumutok sa ating rehiyon,” dagdag ni Marcos.  “Kung susugurin ng China ang Taiwan dahil sa pagsulong nito ng independence, hindi gaano magiging mabilis ang pag-responde ng Amerika dahil manggagaling pa ng Japan, South Korea, Guam o Australia ang mga pwersa ng military nito,” paliwanag ni Marcos.  Dagdag pa ni Marcos, maaring gamitin ng Amerika ang mga human rights issues upang tawaran sa isang isyu na dapat pang-seguridad lamang.  

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Rep. Malou Acosta-Alba: advocating for financial resiliency in Bukidnon

February 10, 2021

REP. Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba of the first district of Bukidnon has been doing the rounds ever since the pandemic started both in her constituency and online, campaigning for financial resiliency for each Filipino family. Assisting Acosta-Alba in her quest is husband Joeman Alba, a banker by profession who has lent his financial expertise to his wife’s advocacy, by giving out webinars and in-person seminars on financial resiliency. During his talk with local journalists last Monday (February 8, 2021) here in Cagayan de Oro City, Mr. Alba said that people must build resiliency funds which is equivalent to at least six months of average expenses. “The business of surviving is our personal responsibility. It must be a core competence for every Filipino, whether you’re a student or an adult,” Alba said. Alba said the purpose of the resiliency fund is to bounce back from an unprecedented situation especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet ended. “You sit down with your respective loved ones and evaluate your financial condition. Spouses have a role to complement each other to cushion the financial shock,” he added. “Commit to lower your expenses. Avoid borrowing for consumption. Deposit your resiliency fund to the nearest bank,” Alba continued, even as he encouraged Filipinos young and old to build multiple revenue streams which may be in the form of startups. “Explore what is catchy today like building bamboo cabins especially here in Bukidnon where the climate is cool and where urbanites like Kagay-anons tend to tuck the night away during weekends. There are lots of innovative ways to make income. Be financially resilient,” he concluded.

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PNP-10 reaffirms Normin peace, security initiatives

January 5, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA)--As the New Year begins in the midst of the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 contagion, the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 reaffirms their peace and order campaign for 2021 and look back on their initiatives during the last quarter of 2020 to find the right balance between public health safety compliance, illegal drug activity policing, and economic recovery in northern Mindanao. COVID-19 mitigation “At first, it was a challenge for our general public to internalize the health protocol standards since it was still new but as of now, in my observation the public has adapted these measures in our public spaces,” PNP-10 Spokesperson PCapt. Francisco Sabud shared during Talakayan sa PIA, noting the paradigm shift when it comes to minimum health safety protocol compliance for the mitigation of COVID-19 in region. Sabud reiterated that their role of imposing NIATF guidelines regarding COVID-19 prevention and containment has shifted from strictly establishing ‘BIDA Solusyon’ to now  merely reminding and encouraging the general public for compliance, lauding establishments such as malls and businesses for proactively having marshals in ensuring health compliance for their patrons. Crime watch and war on drugs In terms of crime neutralization in the region, the PNP-10’s Enhance Managing Police Operation (EMPO) consistently have provincial directors present prevailing crimes in their area of responsibility to strategize and adjust police deployment in converging areas to cater to the incidents. “As of December, we have high murder case rates in Northern Mindanao, two in Bukidnon, one in Misor, two in Lanao Del Norte, one Misamis Occidental, and one in Iligan. We also have three homicide cases in Bukidnon, one in Iligan, and one in MisOr,” Sabud shared. He also disclosed that they have found a surge of rape cases at the start of the COVID-19 quarantine stay-at-home order, especially in domestic households in remote areas with minors comprising most of the victim statistics. “These crimes we have gathered are already filed in prosecutors’ office and are now awaiting trial,” Sabud said. Further, due to the shift of digitalization in adaption of COVID-19 protocols, the PNP-10 regional anti-cyber-crime group are working overtime in ensuring the protection of minors from exploitation, online scammers, and online fraud. To boost policing capabilities, Sabud said their modernization program for 2020 included in the establishment of a grandstand accommodating 500 persons in their Police Regional Office, and the renovation of their main building in camp Alagar. “In terms of our new supplies and issues, our Misamis Occidental stations have the most 4 x 4 patrol cars, all of the provinces are also issued with new patrol mobiles, communication equipment, and firearms, especially our mobile forces, the regional mobile force battalion,” he added. In-line with the administration’s war against drugs, Sabud shared that they have conducted 44 illegal operations in the whole of region 10 and have arrested 66 individuals, with only 3 armed confrontations. Seizing an estimated of weight of 270,245 grams amounting to P1,409,266 in their December operation. “Despite the pandemic, we are still prioritizing illegal drugs, since it is the mandate of our administration; we are also going with the holistic approach by trying to neutralize illegal activities as much as possible,” the spokesperson added.   ELCAC support As for their support with Executive Order (EO) 70, the PNP-10 cites that they are proactively building strong community engagement in isolated villages by providing peace and security in those areas alongside the AFP and other government agencies. “Us in the PNP, we are not in the offensive level but are mostly doing police works, our mobile forces, are the ones who address the insurgency problems and we support them in any way possible,” Sabud shared, adding that they are working closely with the military, as the PNP-10 validates sightings and reports of communist activities. “We should not be afraid of them, because of the NTF-ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict) chaired by our very own president Duterte, the administration is working on ending their scourge before 2021, the insurgency problems has huge impact in denting our economy and it’s high time we end it,” Sabud said. (VPSB/PIA10)

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NEDA-10 conducts staff training for stronger Internal Quality Audit

January 5, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA)--The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10 conducted an online training course on Effective Internal Audit for ISO 9001:2015, December 28-29, 2020, to continually improve its operations and delivery of services. With more than 30 NEDA-10 and Regional Development Council–10 staff in attendance, the course aims to equip the staff with basic competencies on internal quality audit and prepare them to be internal auditors of the organization’s quality management system (QMS). The NEDA-X Management wants to ensure the availability of a pool of well-trained internal quality auditors of its QMS.   The training conducted by Infoadvance, Inc. enhanced the participants’ understanding of Internal Audit as an essential component of any management system as it serves as a quality tool to check the effectiveness of processes in delivering intended results and trigger improvements. Aurelio L. Ebita, lead auditor and trainer, underscored that the overall intent of internal audit is to achieve conformity and effectiveness and not to find nonconformities. Should a nonconformity arise, it is raised against a process and not against a person, for improvement. On December 23, 2020, the SOCOTEC Certification International issued a new Certificate of Registration for ISO 9001:2015 to NEDA-X which will expire September 21, 2023, covering the processes of Socioeconomic and Physical Planning and Policy, Technical and Advisory, Investment Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation and Support Services.  The first certification was issued September 21, 2017 and expired September 21, 2020. (NEDA10/PIA10)

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Moreno: Full public compliance to protocols crucial in defeating virus

January 5, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA)--"If the people of Cagayan de Oro cooperate wholeheartedly and consistently (by fully complying with minimum public health protocols) then I have no doubt that we will prevail over COVID-19."   Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno voiced optimism over the low daily recorded average of COVID-19 cases in the city at the end of last month, which capped off both Christmas and New Year celebrations.   "Right now our priority is to stop the virus from spreading and the city government cannot do this (without the public's full support)," Moreno said.   In her daily case update during Monday's press briefing, acting City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said the City Health Office (CHO) recorded 21 new confirmed cases for Saturday and Sunday (January 2 and 3).   Of that number, the city registered nine cases on Saturday and 12 on Sunday. For December 2020, the city registered less than 20 daily cases.   But while the city's daily recorded COVID-19 cases dropped to 10 by December's end and then to nine cases at the start of January, CHO Epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya Jr. said they may expect a surge in cases after January 6.   "We take note of the recent opening of a store in one mall which drew a long line of customers (and see if something will come up)," Retuya said. (CIO/PIA10)

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Camiguin posts 13% drop in crime rate for 4Q

January 5, 2021

CAMIGUIN, Dec. 15 (PIA)--The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camiguin has recorded a 13 percent decrease of crimes or three crimes from October 1 to December 11 as compared to the previous period with 23 crimes.   During the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Joint Meeting, December 14, PLtCol Gwen Cinco said they have recorded 10 non-index crimes, 3 index crimes, and 5 public safety index for the said period.    On the eight focus crimes, Camiguin has recorded three cases of rape and three cases of theft.   Furthermore, the province has recorded only three focus crimes as opposed to the six cases in 2019. PNP-Camiguin has also cleared three crimes this year while it handled six cases last year.    As for wanted persons, PNP-Camiguin has arrested 11 most wanted persons and 67 other wanted persons from the five towns of the province.    On their campaign against illegal drugs, five operations were conducted and about P86,769.90 worth of illegal drugs were seized.    As for implementation of local ordinances particularly on health safety protocols, PNP-Camiguin arrested/fined 7,096 persons.    They have recorded 326 violations on curfew, no back ride policy/allowing back rider without a barrier (287), mandatory use of face shield (2,002), mandatory use of face mask (3,161), social distancing (357), liquor ban (39), and other municipal ordinance related to the implementation of MGCQ (642).   Cinco said with the strict implementation of municipal ordinances and enforcement of laws, Camiguin remains to be one of the most peaceful places in the region amid the pandemic. (RTP/PIA10)

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